Mari Kalkun: vocals, Estonian zithers (kannel), accordion, videotape, plastic bag
Tuulikki Bartosik: free-bass accordion, vocals, metallophone, melodica, bubble wrap, conduit tube
Pastacas (alias RamoTeder): backpacer guitar, mandolin, guitar, flute, bowed harp (Hiiu kannel), foot stomp, vocals, electronics
Upa-upa Trio plays simple and joyful music in one of the world’s oldest languages. Mystical soundscapes, funny stories and archaic chainsongs are showing the way to the rhythms of the somewhat secret Võru language. Estonian singer-songwriter Mari Kalkun, multi-instrumentalist /electronic musician Pastacas and accordionist Tuulikki Bartosik let the music flow freely. The songs are mostly original compositions, but include also some traditional tunes from South Estonia. Mari’s mellow voice and zither, Tuulikki’s shimmering free-bass accordion and Pastacas’ rough mandolin, guitar and bowed harp create a sound, which is contemporary, yet archaic and tied to its roots. With a playful attitude, they conjure strange sounds from traditional instruments and found objects, such as bubble wrap, crackling videotape and a toolbox. This inspires the listener to recognize music all around in everyday life. The album is especially enjoyable for children.
“Upa-Upa Ubinakõnõ” (‘Hop-hop Little Apple’) was released in 2015 by Võru Institute. The album was chosen to the top 50 list of the best Estonian albums year 2015 by Estonian Public Broadcasting. Initially written for children, the album got a warm reception from Estonian media and audiences of all ages, at home and elsewhere. It is a good example of modern Estonian folk music and traditions kept alive.
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